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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 9 A..D. 2009


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15


A reflection on today's Scripture:





Echoes and reflections. . . .

Would you dare to compare yourself to Jesus? To suggest you suffer in some way similar to His suffering? To offer yourself as an example as you bear some hardship, an example that illustrates what He endured? Would you dare?

I wonder if this is not the point: to dare. "Love one another as I have loved you" is what Jesus said and hoped. Apply the "as" where life is rudely out of balance and the "as" begins to level the competing forces. Apply the "as" to one's deliberate acts, the ones you will to be born from the Spirit in you and the instructing Word teaching you, and you are now an instrument of grace, not blind lucky niceness, but goodness, even to the point of sacrifice.

If you are not an echo, you are a reflection. Neither is ever the originating reality but each is inspirational and formative to seekers, seers and hearers.

Am I an echo to the command, "do this in memory of me," by so doing? Am I a reflection of His life by washing feet in a plain way, noticeable, in the world longing for some solace?

Will I let this feast of mercy and then a night of famine from justice prepare me for the hour I will know, as He knows, when I am to be revealed as a loved one who is loving Him, perhaps as public as disciples then were asked to be?

Is there an echo in the voices in the world when I failed Him and I hear, "Judas, would you betray me with a kiss?"

Is there a reflection of the divine banquet in the way I understand my discipleship to "love one another as I have loved you"?

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Holy Thursday -- Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper





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